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Cookie Monster and Siri, Behind the Scenes

9:51 AM, Apr. 8th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Cookie Monster's Siri commercial is absolutely awesome, and not just because it's brought to you by the number 6 and the letter s. What's equally awesome is that Apple put together a behind the scenes video following Cookie Monster through the commercial shoot. It's also great to see Cookie Monster's humanity; he's excited by new technology, he overcomes adversity, and he loves cookies, just like us—only with more fur. And he's blue.

FBI Says iPhone Hack is Limited, but Won’t Give it Up

2:49 PM, Apr. 7th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

The FBI says the big iPhone exploit it bought is safe, so they don't need to tell Apple about it

FBI director James Comey has a couple revelations about the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone unlock hack. The first is that it doesn't work on phones newer than the iPhone 5c, and the second is that he doesn't want Apple to fix the exploit they used to get in.

Syed Farook’s iPhone is a Bust for the FBI

10:52 AM, Apr. 7th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

FBI: Nothing to see here, move along

The FBI has had access to the encrypted contents of Syed Farook's iPhone 5c for at least a week and when asked about the status, FBI general counsel James Baker said they're still analyzing the data and the agency won't talk about what may or may not be there. That's government talk for, "We didn't find anything useful on the iPhone."

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer

9:25 AM, Apr. 7th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hits theaters this December and we can finally get a taste of the film because Disney released the first teaser trailer on Thursday. The movie follows a Rebel Alliance group as they try to gather intel on a mysterious new Empire weapon called the Death Star, and based on what we see in the two-minute clip, the odds are decidedly against them. The movie takes place shortly before the original Star Wars where Luke, Han, and Leia meet, and it suddenly got a lot harder to wait for December to come.

Apple Needs to Rethink its Convenience over Security Philosophy

10:34 AM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple often sacrifices security for convenience

When websites started showing how to use Siri on locked iPhones to access photos and contacts some people called it a Siri security flaw, others called it a poorly thought out feature. Either way, Apple addressed the issue quickly without requiring an iOS update. The problem is that the incident underscores Apple's tendency to favor convenience over security. 

Devs Ramp Up Security in Wake of FBI iPhone Unlock Fight

7:38 PM, Apr. 5th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

WhatsApp gives all users end-to-end encryption

Well done, FBI. In its fight to kill encryption-based privacy and security, public awareness is on the rise, and now WhatsApp expanded its built-in encryption to all supported devices all the time. The end result is that everyone—honest people and criminals alike—have yet another way to keep their private conversations from snoopy friends, bad guys, and the government.

Google Play Store Fail lets Taliban App Slip Through

9:55 AM, Apr. 5th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Oops! Google lets Taliban propaganda app on Play Store

Google unintentionally showed why Apple maintains the App Store's walled garden after it was alerted to a Taliban-made propaganda app on the Play Store. Of course Google pulled it down, but the point is that the Taliban was able to publish and sell its app to Android phone users because there wasn't a screening process in place to catch it earlier.